Robert McLaws: Windows Edition

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Yahoo Dumps WPF Chat Client

Well, Yahoo today decided to dump the one cool project they had going for them. At Vista’s launch, they showed off a WPF version of their Chat program that blew everyone away. They didn’t even actually build it, the people from Frog Design did. And they spent the last two years with their thumbs up their butts about it, taking forever to release an alpha, then a beta.

Claiming that it won’t run on XP (which is BS, because WPF is in .NET 3.0, which runs just fine on XP, Yahoo has thrown the code out the window, and will not be releasing a final version.

It’s just too bad too. I was actually looking forward to using the released version. Which would bring the number of Yahoo! products I use to… 1.


Posted on Oct 25 2008, 01:15 AM by Robert McLaws
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  • Dileepa P said:

    Good thing they did, actually. It was so slow that I had to wait for it to display the letters as I typed them. And I put the blame WPF, not Yahoo.

    WPF = Worst Performing Feature of Vista, I guess.

    October 25, 2008 3:54 AM
  • Frank said:

    It seems to me WPF didn't take off at all after the Vista release. Are there actually any WPF programs out there that do something productive and not just demonstrate the capabilities of WPF?

    October 25, 2008 4:34 AM
  • Nicko said:

    erm. isn't the zune software WFP? it runs beautifully!

    October 25, 2008 6:05 AM
  • JoeM said:

    Never had an issue with the Yahoo app, nor have I had any issues with any WPF app,  I belive one of the newspapers had an app, but you had to pay for it.

    October 25, 2008 6:37 PM
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  • Avatar said:

    .NET 3.5 SP1 solves pretty much all of the performance issues on WPF. but it is true that in terms of memory it is not economical.  but the difference of performance are noticeable for wpf in xp and wpf in vista 32 and vista 64.  vista 64 is of course the fastest performance for wpf.

    November 6, 2008 2:11 PM